The Mets have activated Jake Marisnick and Andres Gimenez from the injured list as they prepare for five games over the weekend against the Yankees in the Bronx. To make room on their 28-man roster, the team has placed Corey Oswalt on the IL and designated outfielder Juan Lagares for assignment.
Catcher Patrick Mazeika will once again serve as the 29th man for the second game of the doubleheader. The team also revealed that David Peterson will return to make the start in the second game tonight. No corresponding roster move has been made yet for Peterson’s activation.
Marisnick, who was acquired in a trade over the offseason, will get the start in center field for the first game today, which begins in about two hours. He appeared in each of the team’s first five games this season as a defensive replacement and registered a total of four plate appearances over the five games. In all, he picked up a single in four at-bats. He landed on the IL on July 29 with a hamstring injury. Gimenez, who was placed on the COVID injured list after the team returned to play, is back as well, and will be on the bench for the first game at Yankee Stadium.
Oswalt’s injury has officially been labeled “right biceps tendinitis. After a dreadful first outing back on July 26, he has been much better in his last two appearances. He is coming off four shutout innings in the first game of the doubleheader against the Marlins on August 25, where he pitched in relief of Rick Porcello. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three and finishing up the game. Lagares, who was called up earlier this week, appeared in two games as a defensive replacement and didn’t get an at-bat.
The starters for today’s games against the Yankees will be Michael Wacha, whom the team activated from the IL yesterday, and the aforementioned Peterson. The team has yet to announce their pitching plans for the rest of the weekend.